I'd like to extend special kudos to your staff for the splendid piece on alumnus Arthur Dong ("Moving Pictures," Spring/Summer, '08). I especially enjoyed the sidebar that connected him to so many other impressive alumni who have contributed their talents to documentaries and movies.
SF State provided me with both the opportunity and the motivation to become the first college graduate in my family; I have no shortage of pride in being an alumnus. However, perhaps to the chagrin of those who attend any future dinner parties held by my wife, Jennifer Steele (B.A., '05), and me, after absorbing this article I fear that I have even more reasons to brag about being a Gator!
Josh Steele, B.A., '05, Brooklyn, NY
Thanks for the Memories
In the last issue, we asked you to dust off your scrapbooks and send us your memories. Here are a few...
I live in Los Angeles but my heart is still in San Francisco. I enrolled in SF State in 1939 and I was promised to graduate from a new campus, but a war came and so we continued at the old campus. It was a great experience -- both faculty and students knew each other by name. After I graduated, I taught for 35 years and I have always credited my talents to my professors and mentors at SF State.
Gail M. Hamm, B.A., '43, San Pedro, Calif.
I was the first African American to be a finalist and a member of the Homecoming Queen Court. The contest was highlighted by both the San Francisco press and local television. The African American students campaigned hard for me, staging noon rallies with San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey and musician John Handy. We were, in a small way, attempting to make history, for whoever was selected Queen became the Hostess to the city. All that effort paid off; I received the highest number of student votes. However, the city's fathers made the final determination. Disappointed, the African American students attempted to file a lawsuit -- after all it was the 1960s, and protest was in the air. We eventually realized that we indeed did make history, and this unification became the impetus for forming the Black Students Union.
Leola "Roscoe" Higgs Dellums, B.A., '66, Washington, D.C.
My time at SF State gave my life the direction that led to a successful and incredibly rewarding career. I retired last year from being the director of broadcasting for the American Forces Network, and I owe my success to the foundation laid at SF State in understanding the role of a broadcaster in society and the intent of Congress in establishing the broadcast industry. Most importantly, the theory of communications as taught by Dr. Art Hough awoke my mind. At SF State I became more than a broadcaster, I became a communicator. A teacher's legacy lasts the lifetime of his students.
Bob Matheson, B.A., '70, Sierra Madre, Calif.
We still had one old building at SF State in 1938, a time when breakfast -- coffee, a big raisin "snail" and half a cantaloupe -- cost 25 cents. It was a tight-knit community. Administrators and professors were interested in our success. There was a friendly and supportive feeling on campus. I remember fondly many outings each summer, including a special overnight camping trip at Russian River. In May 1938, I had the honor of leading our farewell march alongside President Roberts as my fellow graduates and I said goodbye to our beloved campus.
Virginia Kyriazi Lagiss, B.A., '38, Woodside, Calif.
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